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U.S. Government Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Book Publishers

Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal - New York, NY (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal – New York, NY (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers on Wednesday. It says the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition.

The government also filed papers saying it has reached a settlement with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

It says it will proceed with its lawsuit against Apple and other publishers — including Holtzbrinck Publishers, doing business as Macmillan; and The Penguin Publishing Co. Ltd., doing business as Penguin Group.

It’s been a particularly rough few weeks for Apple. Just five days ago, the latest assault on computer users targeted 600,000 Macs and counting worldwide. About half of those were infected with the so-called Mac Flashback Trojan in the United States.

And then on March 25, a Queens woman filed a suit against Apple for $1,000,000 after smashing her face on a glass door at a Long Island Apple Store.

If the government’s claim is true, would you stop using Apple products in protest? Share your thoughts below…

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